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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Definitions for lorn

  1. Archaic. lost, ruined, or undone.
  2. forsaken, desolate, bereft, or forlorn.

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Citations for lorn
"If thou readest, thou art lorn! Better hadst thou ne'er been born!" Sir Walter Scott, "The Lay of the Last Minstrel," 1805
…even though she were a legal and indisputable Lady Mountclere, she might be despised by my Lord's circle, and left lone and lorn. Thomas Hardy, The Hand of Ethelberta, 1876
Origin of lorn
Lorn came to English when Middle English was spoken. It ultimately comes from the Old English verb -lēosan meaning "to lose."